One of the best things about dogs are all of the differences between breeds. Because of the immense versatility of dogs, we’re able to find a breed whose characteristics will be suit our lifestyle. Some dogs like pugs for instance, aren’t known for their great vision. Then on the other hand, there are dogs who hunt by their vision alone. The AKC refers to these dogs as sighthounds or gazehounds. Here are the dogs with the best vision:
1. Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is widely recognizable thanks to its long luxurious coat and its curled tip tail. What might not be initially observable about these dogs though is their innate ability to hunt and track down prey using mainly their vision. It was traditionally a breed used to herd, protect and hunt.
The whippet is essentially a miniature greyhound. They’re the fastest dogs for their size, having been clocked up to 35 mph. The whippet is known for it’s elegance and grace- making it’s hunting purpose a second thought. Whippets were best suited to hunting rabbits and rats due to their smaller size and more delicate frame.
The Saluki is known for its stunning set of feathered ears. Covered in long flowing hair, they’re a site to behold no doubt. The Saluki is one of the oldest domesticated breeds of dog, and they originated in Egypt. The breed originally hunted with the Egyptians, bringing down gazelle and later rabbit.
The Greyhound is recognized as being the fastest breed of dog, followed closely by it’s smaller counterpart- the whippet. Originally the Greyhound was a breed of royalty. It’s use for hunting was a later discovery, and they were primarily used to hunt anything from rabbits, foxes, and deer.
Borzois were bred in Russia, and their name means ‘fast’ in Russian. As with most hound breeds, the Borzoi is an independent creature that has a mind of it’s own at times. The Borzoi is designed to be able to run long distances without tiring, they originally hunted wolves and foxes.
6. Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest breed, but they’re not the heaviest. It may come as a surprise that they’re sight hounds at all! They hunted wolves, wild elk, and were fierce protectors of the home. Their coarse wiry coat gives them a distinct advantage if tracking prey through dense prickly underbrush.
While there is not yet scientific proof if these sight hound breeds have better vision than other dogs, it is widely accepted that they are more reactive towards fast moving objects- especially in the peripheral vision.